Boulder's Ted Thacker has had "a hell of a ride up to this point," he explained in his story on a recently completed Indiegogo campaign.

As a guitarist and songwriter with a couple of popular '90s-'00s-era Denver punk bands, like Baldo Rex and its offshoot, Veronica, he got a lift when DeVotchKa covered his ballad, "I Cried Like A Silly Boy," for the Grammy-nominated band's 2006 EP "Curse Your Little Heart."

But Thacker's been hard at work putting together an album for his latest solo project, The Red Tack. He'll celebrate with some renowned Denver faces for his release show at 8 p.m. Thursday at Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway, Denver. DeVotchKa's Nick Urata, Dressy Bessy's Tammy Ealom and Firstimers' Andrew Koch and Denise An will join him on stage and play intimate acoustic sets. The show is $10.

The Red Tack's album, "(K)Night of the Sorrowful Face," is a set of 12 tracks that span elements of art folk with a tinge of twang, catchy pop rock hooks and some deep ballads. It's the avant-garde stylings that parallel David Byrne, the foreboding balladry resembling Denver comrades Slim Cessna's Auto Club and a wide range of smoky vocals reminiscent of David Bowie.

Thacker said he recently shot the first video for the record at Colfax Avenue's gorgeously seedy bar, the Lions Lair in Denver.

Hear the title track from the album here:

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